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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Wainewright the Poisoner
This is where Thomas Wainewright the poisoner grew up.
Location: 48 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7BB
Description: Thomas Wainewright lived here after being brought up by his grandfather and his uncle Dr. George Griffiths, who knew some of the best artists and authors of the time.
He began to paint here, and even had some exhibitions, and he discovered he had a talent as an art critic like his Uncle. He met Wordsworth and William Blake, and many other celebrities of the time.
In 1821 he married, shy and poor Frances Ward but his paltry art sales couldnt stop him sliding into debt.
In 1828 Wainewright and his bride convinced uncle George Griffiths to let them come to live with him at Linden house. His mother in law died supiciously and other followed, inheritance fraud was proved, and he was eventually sent to Tasmania where he died.